TQ1876 : Temperate House roof

taken 15 years ago, near to Kew, Richmond Upon Thames, Great Britain

Temperate House roof
Temperate House roof
Looking along the roof of the Temperate House in Kew Gardens.
Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew :: TQ1877

The Gardens were established in 1759. The gardens are responsible for the world's largest collection of living plants. The site houses four Grade I and thirty six Grade II listed buildings. The gardens were designated UNESCO World Heritage status in 2003.
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Temperate House, Kew

The Temperate House, opened in 1862, is a Grade I listed showhouse for Kew's largest plants. Rectangular, with pitched roofs, its pillars support wrought-iron ribs. Decimus Burton, the designer, gave the House a mix of decorative motifs, finials, pediments, acanthus leaf capitals, Coade stone urns and statues. According to Greg Redwood, Kew's head of glasshouses, "The effect is similar to the contemporary iron pier pavilions of Eugenius Birch."
It was positioned to be the first feature visitors saw as they entered the gates with the anticipated coming of the first railway station at Kew expected to be at the end of the adjacent avenue. However, Kew Gardens station (London), was built 500 yards to the north - leaving the glasshouse "somewhat stranded in the landscape".
The Temperate House is being renovated and is closed until 2018.

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Date Taken
Thursday, 11 August, 2005   (more nearby)
Friday, 14 February, 2014
Geographical Context
Park and Public Gardens 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1847 7641 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:28.4555N 0:17.7359W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 1848 7651
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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